Scotland's papers: Shop staff exempt from isolation amid 'panic buying'

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Government plans to allow critical parts of the food industry to be exempt from self-isolation dominate the front pages of most of Scotland's papers. The Times says health and social care workers will also be allowed to continue working if they take a daily Covid test.
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The Scotsman says the plan comes after retailers warned of disruption due to the number of people self-isolating for 10 days after being identified as a close contact of someone with Covid-19.
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The Scottish Sun says the government has "backed down" and agreed to spare critical workers from "pingdemic" isolation rules.
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The Herald leads with empty shelves being reported in Scottish stores and supermarkets as shortages brought about by "delivery glitches" amid staff call-offs start to affect retailers.
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The Daily Mail says business leaders are urging the government to revise its rules on self-isolation amid the "pingdemic madness" of tens of thousands of people being told to self-isolate if they have been a close contact of someone who has tested positive for coronavirus.
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The Daily Express says the plans for daily testing end the so-called "pingdemic crisis", which it says is bringing the country to "a standstill". Up to a million employees across the UK are estimated to be off work isolating after being alerted by the NHS Covid app, the paper claims.
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The Daily Star says panic buying has already started, with shoppers hitting supermarkets while retailers warn against stockpiling.
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Supermarket delivery drivers will be among those exempt from isolating if they test negative for Covid every day, the i reports. The paper says there will also be exemptions for some critical workers in sectors including food production, essential transport and emergency services.
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The Metro writes that it is time to "Ping in the Army" after one Conservative MP has called for armed forces to be deployed to keep supplies flowing through to supermarkets.
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The Daily Telegraph says Scots are not being affected as badly as the rest of the UK because our track an trace app is "less sensitive" than the one being used south of the border.
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Elsewhere, The Daily Record leads with reports of a trail of blood being left behind at the scene of a machete attack in Edinburgh after a convicted killer's friend was allegedly targeted.
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The National says a Labour MP "has been praised by people across the political spectrum" after saying that Boris Johnson has "lied to the House and the country over and over again".
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The Press and Journal reports on a shop owner being cleared of selling counterfeit designer handbags and purses from her stores in Keith and Peterhead.
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The Glasgow Times leads with residents in Blochairn saying their lives are being made hell by the smell from the local waste depot.
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On a similar theme, the Edinburgh Evening News reports that streets in the city are dirtier and more littered than they were four years ago.
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Dundee's Evening Telegraph has an interview with a man who says smoking cannabis has played a huge part in his battle with multiple sclerorosis.
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The Courier leads with Network Rail confirming that work has begun on the new £70m Levenmouth rail link in Fife.
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The Evening Express says a bus gate on Aberdeen's Union Street, which was designed to support social distancing, has been broken since the start of 2021, leaving rule-breaking motorists free of any financial penalties.

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